In the past few weeks I’ve had a recurring nightmare that I have forgotten to give insulin. I don’t remember much of the actual dream but I wake up completely disoriented with my heart pounding and usually scoop up sleeping Olivia into my arms trying to clear my head and figure out what it is I’ve forgotten and who it is I have forgotten to given it to. Slowly, I  realize that Olivia is in fact alive and fine and that it isn’t Olivia who needs insulin but Eliza. I quickly go over everything in my head: dinner shot- check, Lantus-check, blood sugar checks-check and my heart rate returns to normal and I can go back to sleep.

Until it happens all over again the next night….

Diabetes doesn’t sleep and it certainly appears to have found its way into my subconscious mind. I’ve always been an anxious person but aside from endlessly worrying that we’ve given Eliza Lantus instead of Novolog, hence the Lantus double-check, I haven’t been nearly as nervous as I thought I’d be about D overall. I can just hear my husband laughing.

Even though I rarely think about it during the day, the gravitas of caring for Eliza is clearly weighing heavily on some part of my mind at night.

June 270


About Danielle

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Monmouth University in New Jersey. After graduation Danielle spent five years teaching at the elementary level. Two of those years were spent in Kindergarten where she employed the ASL alphabet as a tactile approach to teaching the alphabet and site words. Danielle witnessed how learning to sign gave the students a sense of pride and enhanced their overall learning. While pregnant in 2007 Danielle read about the benefits of signing with babies. Her daughter Eliza was born in September 2007 and Danielle started consistently signing with her at around nine months of age. About a month later Eliza signed “baby” for the first time on a family vacation and her signing took off from there. In August 2009 Danielle’s son Jude was born. With the help of big sister Eliza teaching Jude to sign was a blast. Ever since her daughter’s first sign, Danielle has studied ASL and continues to grow her vocabulary on a daily basis. Through ASL Danielle has formed a close bond with both of her children. She has seen firsthand how signing reduced her children’s’ frustration level and consequently reduced the number of tantrums. Danielle hopes to help others experience the same joy with their little ones. To inquire about My Smart Hands classes and workshops Danielle at
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